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The Mata Ganga Orchestra was born from a musical meeting between young French pupils of the Cahors music school Indian students of Rishikesh C.J. Maa
Music School from 10 to 26 February 2012.
Following their recording experience on the CD Mata Ganga ki Jai and later their participation in the musical tale Si loin le pays, some of the French pupils became curious about India and its music.
The association thus decided to accompany a
small group of these French students on a musical journey in February
2012 during the school holidays The aim of this adventure was for the
French pupils to meet the Indian students of C.J. Maa Music School (for
the benefit of whom the the CD "Mata Ganga Ki Jay" was recorded) and to
share instrumental and artistic techniques with them, in order to work on a musical program
together. The young Franco-Indian group then presented their program
in concerts in Rishikesh and Varanasi.
The aim of the project was to promote the collaboration and fusion of both
French and Indian groups and to create a joint program which the
youngsters would perform in concert in Rishikesh and in Varanasi. The program came forth
from this unique encounter in an attempt to unite two
musical styles and cultures. Renowned violinist Sukhdev
Prasad Mishra ran workshops in order to prepare the youngsters for an "Indian
concerto", of which he was the soloist.
The concerts were very well received by their audiences, and we even won an article in the Hindustan newspaper of
Varanasi! You can see the article (with translation!) here.
In addition to introducing the young westerners to a new musical approach,
this project also gave them a chance to meet young Indians and an insight into their values and lifestyle.
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A professional young video maker from Toulouse, Nahum Ingrand, came along
with us on the journey to shoot an original documentary on this unique
intercultural meeting. The documentary is entitled Mata Ganga
Orchestra Tour - Part 1 and it is now available on Vimeo. The documentary is in French, but you can activate the English subtitles by clicking on "cc" on the right hand side of the playback time bar. Enjoy!
Mata Ganga Orchestra Tour 2013
The sequel of the adventure happens in France!!!